Writing Competitions

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Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Oscar’s Book Prize

The Oscar’s Book Prize is now open until 5pm on February 21, 2020. Judging Panel: Dermot O’Leary, Francesca Simon, Jake Hope, Viveka Alvestrand, James Ashton, and Simon Johnson The prize is supported by Amazon and the National Literacy Trust, and it celebrates the best in literature for under-fives. There’s a £5,000 prize. Publishers may enter […]

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020 is open until March 31, 2020. Judge: Roger McGough Submit a poem suitable for 7–11-year olds. The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject. The winner will receive €1,000 and the winning poem will feature in the summer 2020 issue of The […]

WOW! Women On Writing Contests

The WOW! Women On Writing Q2 2020 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is open until January 31, 2020. Submit creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay and memoir to lyric essay and hybrid, and more. Cash prizes are: $500, $300, $200. The top three entries will also […]

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing is open until March 5, 2020. Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays. Each play must be no more than 30 minutes long, have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre. Three scripts will […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until March 31, 2020. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50 Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Bath Flash Fiction Award

The Bath Flash Fiction Award is open until February 16, 2020. Submit fiction of up to 300 words. Any theme. Judge: Santino Prinzi Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100. 50 longlisted entrants will be offered publication in an anthology. Those accepting will receive a free copy. Entry Fee: £9 for one, £15 for two, £18 for three. […]

Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition

The Lancashire Authors’ Association Open Competition is open until January 31, 2020. Submit stories of exactly 100 words. The winner will receive £150. Entry Fee: £2 each or £5 for three. More here.

The Caine Prize for African Writing

The Caine Prize for African Writing is open until January 31, 2020. Free to enter. The prize is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. Submissions should be made by publishers only. One story per author. The winner will receive £10,000. There’s also a travel award for each of the […]

I am A Story Competition

I am A Story Competition is open until 5pm on Friday 24 January 2020. Free to enter. The competition is open to pupils of primary school age. The overall winner of the competition will win a school visit from Cerrie Burnell and one of Cerrie’s books for every child in the winner’s year group, as […]

Spread the Word’s Life Writing Prize 2020

Spread the Word’s Life Writing Prize 2020 is open until February 3, 2020 (11am). Free to enter. Open to UK based writers aged 18 and over who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or […]

The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award

The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award is open until January 31, 2020. Free to enter. Who Can Enter: People who identify as Black, Asian or other ethnic minorities / People who are residents of the UK or Ireland / People who are not under contract or been previously published by a UK […]

Puchi Award 2019

The Puchi Award 2019 is open until January 23, 2020. Free to enter. The competition is open to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, picture books, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable. The work should be original and unpublished. The winner will receive […]

Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020

The Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020 is open until March 29, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories up to 1,000 words. The subject should be loosely inspired by the text and/or picture on their website. Submit one story only. Open to anyone (18 or older) worldwide. First prize is a one week, all inclusive, […]

Voices 2020 Writing Competition

The Voices 2020 Writing Competition is open until February 12, 2020. Free to enter. The competition comes from Coram Voice and is open to children in care and young care leavers across the UK. Theme: ‘Dreams’ Entries can be in any written form including poems, short stories, raps or newspaper articles, with a 500 word […]

2020 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2020 Bristol Short Story Prize is open until April 30, 2020 (midnight BST). Submit stories up to 4,000 words. Stories can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. 20 stories will be […]

Wild Poem Competition

The Wild Poem Competition is open until February 29, 2020. In keeping with the Wild! theme of Cheltenham Poetry 2020 Festival, the competition is for a poem inspired by that theme. Your entry should contain no more than 70 lines. Prizes: £200, £75, £25. Entry Fees: £3 per entry or £10 for four entries, if […]

Fowey Festival Short Story Competition

The Fowey Festival Short Story Competition is open until March 16, 2010. Submit short stories up to 1,500 words. Stories must have the title “Not After Midnight”. Prizes: £100, £75 Entry Fee: £5 More here.

Fiction Factory Short Story Competition

The Fiction Factory Short Story Competition is open until 15th March, 2020. Submit up to 3,000 words, on any subject (no children or young adult fiction). Prizes: £150, £50 and £25. The winning stories will be published in an anthology. Fee: £ 6 Judge: Tim Symonds More here.

The Fresher Writing Prize 2020

The Fresher Writing Prize 2020 is open until January 27, 2020. Submit short stories up to 3,000 words and poetry up to 42 lines. Entry Fee: £7 Short Story: £200, feedback and advice on a sample of your work from a commissioning editor publisher or author, and a professionally produced recording of your work. Poetry: […]

MTP Short Story Competition

The MTP Short Story Competition is open from December 1, 2019-February 29, 2020. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open to writers worldwide, writing in English. Entry fee £5 per story Winners announced March 16, 2020 Prizes: £400, £300, £200, and publication in the MTP Anthology (print book and ebook) More here.

Write On Art Prize

The Write On Art Prize is open until March 31, 2020. The prize is sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Free to enter. Open to young art writers aged 15–18. Pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it. What does it say […]

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020 are open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. The competition is open to 5 to 25-year olds, in the UK and Ireland. Cressida Cowell is this year’s head judge. There are five age categories: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. Submit a piece of writing on a theme or […]

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020 is open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. Open to students between 16-18 years of age who are educated in the UK. Submit poems of up to 48 lines. Theme: Trees Prizes: £3,000, £1,500, £500, 4 runner-up prizes of £250. The top three winners will also be offered […]

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until April 30, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories up to 2,500 words, any style and theme. Prize: Recording by professional actor and placement on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website. More here.

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition is open until January 31, 2020. Judge: Carrie Etter Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 4 x £50. Entry Fee: £5 per poem. For three or more poems, £4 each. More here.

Enfield Poets’ Competition

The Enfield Poets’ Competition is open until 7th March 2020. Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning poems will be published on the Enfield Poets’ website. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 More here.

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020 is open until February 7, 2020. The competition is run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council. Open to all ages. This year, they are looking for short stories and poems that explore new worlds. It’s free to enter for under 18s. Entry for adults […]

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

John Byrne Award

The John Byrne Award is open until January 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. The award is an online exhibition and competition exploring personal and societal values. There will be a monthly prize for the single best entry received in every month. Then the judges will review all […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly competition. Submit up to 1,500 words. Any theme or genre. You may submit up to three stories in each quarter. Closing dates are: 30th April 31st July 31st October 31st January Entry fees: £5 for the first story, £3 for the second, £2 for the third […]

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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